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Visit of District Governor Gerry Kierans and Assistant District Governor William Cross

Today, the 14th March Cookstown Rotary Club was delighted to host a visit by District Governor Gerry and Assistant District Governor William. 


District Governor Gerry Kierans

DG Gerry reminded the club of the founding principles of Rotary and of the success of a number of Rotary projects including the polio eradication project. Rotary has contributed some 1b to this project intended to eradicate polio globally. Todate,from the 1st January 2017, no new polio cases have been reported and Rotarians can be proud of their contribution to this global health project.

Past DG Alistair was able to share some of his memories from his time as District Governor including the coincidence of having a Lions DG from the same area.

Alistair Laird

Past DG Alistair and PP John Smyth

DG Gerry reminded Rotarians of the service ideals of Rotary and briefly reviewed District projects.

Tony McMinn 

Past DS Tony discusses District projects with DG Gerry

DG Gerry's visit was well attended and Rotarians were pleased to learn of plans for several new Rotary clubs.

Rickie Butler

PP's Rickie and Mervyn with new member, Fionnuala.

Death of Mrs Anne Thompson

President Colin and club members wish to express their sorrow and support for PP Rev. Dr. Isaac Thompson and his family on the untimely death of his dear wife Anne.  Anne died on the 27 February, 2017.

Polio Plus

In 1985 Rotary International had the vision of eradicating Polio from the world and has worked with other organisations including UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and national governments to fulfil this dream. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given Rotary's efforts a massive boost with a grant of $330 million (US) to be matched by $200 million (US) from Rotary clubs around the world.

Cookstown Rotary Club continues to support this cause as funds are still required to complete the job.  Sam McCrea from Limavady Rotary Club has completed a second charity walk and Cookstown Rotary Club recently presented Sam with a cheque for 100 which will go towards the eradication of Polio.

Pictured below Cookstown Rotarians Tony McMinn and David Richardson present Sam McCrea with a cheque for 100 towards his fundraising.

L-R; Rotarians Tony McMinn, Sam McCrea (Rotary Club of Limavady) and David Richardson (Cookstown Club President)


Rotary Connect


Cookstown Rotary Club's first 'Rotary Connect' event, the Business networking and information evening took place in in Killymoon Golf Club on Thursday 23rd October. 

Speakers included representatives from;

The Innotech Centre, SW College

Cookstown Enterprise Centre

The Federation of Small Businesses

Intertrade Ireland

The club intends to host a second business information evening soon, watch this space for updates...